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Ruptured gas line causes large explosion in N Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. — A worker digging a trench on a northern Colorado ranch hit a high-pressure gas line, sparking an explosion that sent flames several hundred feet into the air and touched off a small grass fire.

Sean Standridge, a spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, tells The Greeley Tribune (http://goo.gl/UJiZAB ) an employee for DCP Midstream hit the 12-inch gas line at the Wells Ranch east of Lucerne on Thursday afternoon. The worker was not injured, but the trenching machine was destroyed.

Fire crews recommended that residents within a 2-mile radius of the fire leave their homes. The fire is in an area with few homes.

PDC Energy and DCP Midstream officials were at the scene Thursday.

In related news, Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility.

Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com

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